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    Desiring to convert swf movie to avi or other format

    Hello:

    There are a couple of cool videos about previous decades on a web site but I'd like to be able to control the playing of it - pause it, rewind it, etc. I'm thinking that the best way to do that is to convert it to another video file format such as avi, wmv or mpeg.

    The swf movies are: http://www.objflicks.com/decadeofthe1940s.html

    and http://www.objflicks.com/theseventies.html

    Is there something that will convert these swf movies or is there a way to just capture the video?

    I'd really appreciate some help with this.

    I have already tried everything that I have found listed in the forum here, including ffmpeg and mmencoder. Neither of those work and I want to be able to do this on a Linux box not on a Windows box.

    Thanks for any assistance.
    Last edited by uRock; February 18th, 2011 at 12:39 AM. Reason: Fixed spelling. Please do not bash other OSes.

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    Re: Desiring to convert swf movie to avi or other format

    demarshall,

    Both Handbrake and Avidemux can convert .swf to .avi.

    Here is the website for Handbrake: http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php and Avidemux should be in the repositories, but this is probably a newer version: http://www.getdeb.net/updates/Ubuntu/10.04/?q=avidemux .
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    Re: Desiring to convert swf movie to avi or other format

    I took a look at this thinking that it would be easy to solve. Avidemux and handbrake don't even open the files in question. I tried to open them with ffmpeg and got an error
    Compressed SWF format not supported
    I routinely pull stuff offline like this and nothing I have is touching those files. If anyone has used something that will I am curious what it is.

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    Re: Desiring to convert swf movie to avi or other format

    Well, I'm glad that it's not just me...

    Thanks guys. I hope that one of you or somebody else can come up with a solution.

    I have heard that HTML 5 is not going to support Flash. I wonder if that means that it won't support swf as well.

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    Re: Desiring to convert swf movie to avi or other format

    I don't think there is a method to convert compressed SWFs to another video format. You could use a screen recorder like recordMyDesktop to capture the video.

    Otherwise play the SWF video with a standalone player like gnash
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gnash
    Then you can play the video with:
    Code:
    gnash video.swf
    You'll get play/stop/pause control but unfortunately no seeking available

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    Re: Desiring to convert swf movie to avi or other format

    Quote Originally Posted by lykeion View Post
    I don't think there is a method to convert compressed SWFs to another video format. You could use a screen recorder like recordMyDesktop to capture the video.

    Otherwise play the SWF video with a standalone player like gnash
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gnash
    Then you can play the video with:
    Code:
    gnash video.swf
    You'll get play/stop/pause control but unfortunately no seeking available
    Thanks lykeion!

    Will gnash automatically install its addon for Firefox and mess that up or is there some way to prevent it from doing that? I have had to get rid of every trace of that app on my computer more than once so that Firefox could play Flash properly.

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    Re: Desiring to convert swf movie to avi or other format

    Seems to work as advertised. Did not change any of my flash plug-in settings in firefox. I am using the beta flash for 64 bit OS.

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    Re: Desiring to convert swf movie to avi or other format

    I don't care for gnash, though I havn't looked at it for a few years. Has it improved?

    Usually, when you watch a flash movie, it will save a local copy in your /tmp folder. You'll usually find it there as something like:

    /tmp/Flashfhgus9

    or something like that. You can then use mplayer to play them on your computer, using your controls to forward and pause, etc.

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    Re: Desiring to convert swf movie to avi or other format

    No, the only files related to those swf movies are the swf movies themselves.

    I installed gnash and it gives me at least some control over the playback of swf movies. It didn't infect Firefox so this is probably be best course of action right now.

    Thanks lykeion

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    Re: Desiring to convert swf movie to avi or other format

    Quote Originally Posted by dwightgenius2009 View Post
    Moyea SWF to Video Converter works well on my Windows, however, I don't know whether there is a Linux edition.
    Here is the site: http://www.swfkits.com/
    When I checked on that product in the past, it was only for Windoze.

    Thanks anyhow.

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